Friday, October 1, 2010

Giveaway Winner, and a Preview of Things to Come


Happy Friday! :)  Just wanted to put up a quick post today to make a couple of announcements, and tell you about some exciting things happening in this next week.  

-First, my CSN giveaway closed last night and I was thrilled to have 64 entries!  And, I am even more thrilled to announce that the winner of the $35 gift certificate from CSN is Victoria K. of Mission Food!!!  Congratulations Victoria!  She gets to spend the money on anything she wants from any of CSN's great online shopping sites, and I have no doubt she will choose something fabulous.  Check back to my site often if you want the chance to win more free stuff, because I have several other giveaways scheduled for these upcoming months. 


-Second, I am very pleased to tell you that I advanced to the third round of Project Food Blog!!!  I have been loving every minute of being involved with this contest, and I am so excited about moving forward with the next challenge entry.  I hope you enjoyed my last entry, Tom Yum Goong with Homemade Nam Prik Pao, and that I might have inspired you to try some Thai cuisine in your own kitchen.  I also cannot tell you how much I appreciate all the wonderful comments, encouragement and support, and of course your votes!  The next round of Project Food Blog challenges us to plan and execute a Luxury Dinner party.  I love love love hosting dinner parties, and I am looking forward to a Luxury Ladies Dinner, full of indulgence and new tastes.  My entry will be posted on Sunday, so be sure to check back for a full report on the party!  (Hint: It might involve leeks, lemons, and lamb.)


-Third, next week I will be announcing the details for my recipe contest sponsored by Fresh Express!  This contest will be part of my Artisan Ambassador Series of posts, and it will be very simple to enter.  All you need to do is create a fresh, delicious salad!  There will be two prizes for two winners, with one prize sponsored by Fresh Express and one prize provided by yours truly.  If you want to start planning ahead, grab a coupon from the Fresh Express site to buy your lettuce blend and start getting creative!  If you think you will participate in this contest (no commitment!), go ahead and leave a comment here so I can better plan the details.  


-I finally harvested the last fruits from my tomato plants this season, and now I have sown new seeds for Arugula, Mizuna, and Red Mustard.  So in parallel to my recipe contest, I will be sharing details about planting cool-weather lettuce varieties so you can enjoy fresh, in-season greens grown right from your own garden.  Look!  My seedlings have already started growing! 


Ad Hoc at Home



-Lastly, I have recently been making lots of recipes from Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller.  In case you missed the original posts, check out my Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Sweet Creamed Corn.  They were both divine.  I have found this cookbook to be really fabulous, and so I will share another recipe with you (it might involve cookies) and give you my overall review of Ad Hoc at Home.  Look for my review and recipe post next week! 

Enjoy the weekend!     

17 comments:

  1. I love love love ad hoc at home...the garlic confit is really a fab little condiment to make! I want to try the fried chicken, but haven't yet!

    ReplyDelete
  2. You've got a lot going on! A big congrats on making it to round three! I'm excited to see your dinner party results. I'm looking forward to the salad contest as well!

    Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Congrats on round three hope you go All the way!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Good luck with round three -- I wish I was coming to your dinner party! Theresa

    ReplyDelete
  5. Congrats on making it to PFB#3. You know I was pulling for you!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Congratulations! That fried chicken was awesome!!! I made it as part of the Food and Wine blogs. Found it under 20 of the best southern dishes on the F and W emails. Good luck with the party. Lamb sounds great :-) Kate @kateiscooking

    ReplyDelete
  7. Congrats on advancing to the next round! Sounds like there are some good things in store for the dinner party!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Congrats on making it to the 3rd round!! I can't wait to read your entry! :) Good luck!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Congrats on making it to the third round! Looking forward to your new projects.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thank you so much!! And congrats on making it to the next round! Can't wait to see your menu :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Congrats Amanda!
    I'm going to try to participate in your contest. You know I love salads :)
    Have a great weekend!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. YOU are quite the busy lady! Congrats on making it to the 3rd round

    ReplyDelete
  13. I must know about that lettuce plantings! I haven't had much success with lettuce at all! But then again, CA hasn't been having very plant-friendly weather. So hot..

    Congrats on making it to the 3rd round!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Congrats on making it to round 3! Well deserved!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Congrats! I'm happy for you, but not surprised. :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. congratulations on advancing into the next round of the FB challenge, I can't wait to see what you come up with for the next round! Give aways are so much fun!

    ReplyDelete